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​​Aditi Ashok becomes the first Indian to claim Hero Women’s Indian Open

Gurgaon, November 13: Aditi Ashok carded an even par 72 on the final day to become the first Indian to lift the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Sunday. On a day that saw leads shift hands on multiple occasions, Aditi held her nerve to get the better of American Brittany Lincicome and Spain’s Belen Mozo. Brittany and Belen finished tied second with identical totals of 2 under 214 after 54 holes, one adrift of the winner. Aditi finished with a total score 3 under 213 to win a prize purse of US $ 60,000, propelling her to the top spot in the Rookie of the Year rankings.

Overnight leader Aditi Ashok had a two shot lead coming into the final round. She played an even par front nine and looked well on course to claim her maiden title on the Ladies European Tour. However, Belen Mozo continued to apply pressure and carded two birdies while dropping a single shot on her front nine. Brittany, who has two major titles to her credit, too had a good day and finished with a total of 2 under 214 to give herself a realistic chance of winning the title. With just two holes to play, both Aditi and Belen bogeyed the 17th hole to tie with Brittany for the top spot. On the decisive 18th hole, Aditi hit an incredible approach shot which landed and rolled back to stop one and a half feet from the pin. Belen, on the other hand had to settle for a par. Aditi took a moment to gather herself and calmly holed the ball to get a rousing reception from the large crowd present there to cheer her.

Talking to the media, she said “I have had some good finishes in the Indian Open but to get the job done finally feels really good and especially finishing victorious in front of my home crowd is a really good feeling.” Aditi has had a good year on the LET but could not win a title. “It feels good to win the championship, I was playing good all year, I had four top 10 finishes. I had a good front nine but made a few mistakes on the back nine, but overall it was a good week”, Aditi said.

A win here also helped her take the top spot in the Rookie of the Year rankings and she will look to stay on top with just two events left in the calendar year. She said, “As far as the Rookie of the Year goes, I still have a couple of weeks of golf tournaments coming up, I shall be playing in Qatar and Dubai. So I am hoping to put up a good show there to have the Rookie of the Year award too under my belt.”

Thai player Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul took the fourth spot with a total score of 215, followed by English golfer Florentyna Parker at 216 to complete the top five positions. Among other notable golfers, Emily Pedersen and Kiran Matharu finished tied 9th while Christine Wolf, who had remained in contention for the last two days, had to settle for the tied 11th position. Local professional Vani Kapoor had an off day in the park and carded 6 over 78 to settle for tied 28th position. Diksha Dagar finished as the best amateur in the tournament with a total score of 229.

Aditi Ashok on course to create history at Hero Women’s Indian Open

Gurgaon, November 12: Golfing sensation Aditi Ashok carded 3 under 69 on the second day to grab the sole lead in the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Saturday. In the process, she became the first Indian to lead the field going into the final round of the championship. Defending champion Emily Pedersen, Christine Wolf and Belen Mozo are tied for the second position with identical totals of 143, two behind Aditi.  The US $ 400,000 event will culminate tomorrow and the home crowd will be rooting for Aditi to become the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour event.

Aditi, who started her day in tied ninth position, had an indifferent front nine. She carded a birdie on the 2nd hole, however, a dropped shot on the 6th and miss-hit into the water on the 9thwhich resulted in a double bogey added to her woes. But the 18 year old rookie was unfazed by the initial setbacks and fired five birdies in her back nine to finish with a total score of 141 after the second round. She was tied for the second position after the 17th hole, still needing a birdie on the final hole to take the lead. The youngster showed great composure and produced a brilliant approach shot which landed 3 feet from the pin, which she holed comfortably, much to the joy of a cheering crowd. Summing up her day, she said “I think I had a really sharp back nine. I hit all nine greens, so had nine good chances of a birdie and I made 5 of them. So it was very good. It could have been better in the front nine but I had a double bogey on the 9th hole but apart from that it was good.” When asked about  her approach on the final day, she said “I think I am going to play the way I played the first two days, try and create as many chances as I can and keep myself in play off the tee and while hitting my approaches and it should be good.”

With just two events left in the calendar year, a win for Aditi will also spice up the race for the Rookie of the Year award. Aditi is currently placed third with total earnings € 50,426.77. Nuria Iturrios from Spain currently leads the ranking with total earnings of € 86,754.17.

Spain’s Belen Mozo, Denmark’s Emily Pedersen and Austrian Christine Wolf are tied for the second position with identical scores of 143 after the second round. Belen’s campaign of 2 under 70 included birdies on the 4, 11th and 17th holes along with a bogey on the 14th. Overnight leader Christine Wolf carded 1 over 73 with two birdies and three bogeys to stay in the title race. Defending champion Emily Pedersen appeared to be struggling at 4 over after 14 holes. But the Dane produced the goods on the final four holes, firing an eagle on the 15th, followed by birdies on the 17th and 18th holes to stay in contention for her second title at Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Apart from Aditi, four other Indian golfers – Vani Kapoor, Gaurika Bishnoi, Amandeep Drall and Diksha Dagar made the cut. Vani played another cautious round with a score of 2 over 74 to take her total to 147 after 36 holes. She is currently placed tied 13th and will be eager for a top ten finish. Among other notable golfers, LPGA star Brittany Lincicome is placed tied eighth with a total score of 145. English golfer Kiran Matharu is placed tied fifth with a total of 144, while overnight joint leader, Florentyna Parker could not sustain the momentum and dropped to tied 11thposition with a total score 146.

​Four-way tie for clubhouse lead on Day 1; Aditi at tied ninth

Gurgaon: Four players carded 2 under 70 to share the clubhouse lead after the first day of the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday. Florentyna Parker, Christine Wolf, Ursula Wikstrom and Anne-Lise Caudal carded identical scores to share the pole position. Following them in tied fifth position are defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen, English golfer Kiran Matharu and the Spanish duo of Nuria Iturrios and Patricia Sanz Barrio at 1 under 71. Indian Olympian Aditi Ashok carded an even par 72 to finish in tied ninth after the first round. Pamela Pretswell couldn’t complete her round due to bad light and will continue her round on Saturday morning.

England’s Florentyna Parker, who began her campaign from the back nine, started impressively and was three under par after four holes. However, she struggled to sustain the momentum and needed birdies on the final two holes to grab the top position. She said, “I started really well today and was three under after four holes, then unfortunately I made a double bogey. But I made six birdies today which on this course is really good. My putting was really good, I holed a lot of putts.”

Olympian Christine Wolf seemed very happy with her performance. She carded three bogies and two birdies in her front nine. However, the professional from Austria turned things around brilliantly in a relatively trickier back nine to fire a blemish free latter half with three birdies. Talking about her round, she said “I’m really satisfied, especially as I started with plus three after four holes. I just started hitting greens and making putts. I left some chances out there, so I know you can score well here. I really like the course and I liked it last year. You know, the greens are a bit tricky, so if the putter works, it helps.”

Finland’s Ursula Wikstrom carded four birdies and a double bogey to stay in contention for her first LET title. Anne-Lisa Caudal from France played a controlled round with three birdies and a lone bogey to share the top spot.

The Indian golfers had a mixed day on the park with only three of them managing to finish in the top 20. Aditi Ashok finished best among the Indians with a score of level par 72 to be tied for the ninth position along with six other players including Gwladys Nocera and Isabelle Boineau.  Aditi struggled with the back nine but three straight birdies on the 6th, 7th and 8th holes helped her to finish two shots adrift of the leader group. She said, “I hit all the greens on the front nine, so I was missing quite a few but I hit it really close on the sixth hole, to about five feet, and then close on seventh, which was 10 feet and close on eighth as well. I missed quite a few and they had to go in at some point.” She seemed pleased with her first round, she said “It’s not a great start but it’s not bad either. I can still make up for what I missed today tomorrow, so that should be good.”

Other notable Indian performers on the day were Vani Kapoor and amateur Diksha Dagar. Vani, playing on her home course, played a cautious round to finish with a respectable score of 1 over 73. She carded two bogies, but a birdie on the final hole helped her to finish in tied 16th position. Diksha Dagar carded 2 over 74 to share the 20th position. She could have had a much better finish, but for bogeys on the final two holes.

Amandeep and Vani confident of a good show at Hero Women’s Indian Open 2016

Gurgaon, 10th November 2016: While the top stars have their eyes set on the glittering trophy of the Hero Women’s Indian Open, the Indian contingent led by Amandeep Drall and Vani Kapoor will be keen to keep the title at home as the country’s only Ladies European Tour (LET) golf tournament tees off at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday.

The flagship event – co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI), featuring 114 professionals from around the globe, is yet to see an Indian claim the coveted title. However, a strong Indian contingent of 17 players seems eager to rewrite history. Both Amandeep Drall and Vani Kapoor are in good form and are expected to hold their own in a star studded field including the likes of LPGA star Brittany Lincicome, LET Order of Merit leader Beth Allen and defending Champion Emily Pedersen.

Amandeep currently leads the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of INR 10,61,534 with four victories in 12 appearances this season. She would also like to draw inspiration from the fact that she won the last domestic Tour event at the same venue last month. She said, “It was good to get some practice before the Indian Open.” She further added, “It is a big advantage that we are playing in home conditions and I am confident coming into the tournament and will try my best to get good scores.”

Vani has claimed six titles on the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour and is currently placed second in the money list with total earnings on INR 10,21,150 in 12 outings. She also finished tied fifth in the Hong Kong Ladies Open. She will be playing on her home course and will have local support throughout the tournament. She is pleased with her form and wants to keep it simple during the event. She said, “I have happy with my form and it is an advantage to play on your home course but I don’t want to think too much about it. I just want to enjoy myself during the game and don’t want to get ahead of myself.”

Meanwhile, the stars of the Hero Women’s Indian Open went head-to-head under floodlights in ‘The Hero Challenge’ – an innovative shoot-out from 102 yards on a specially constructed par-3 on the 18th hole on Wednesday evening.

Featuring eight top players in seven head-to-head knockout matches, the event literally fired up the evening with a spectacular display of lights and music on the 18th green.

The eight-woman field included the defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen, former event champions Gwladys Nocera and Caroline Hedwall, current Ladies European Tour No.1 Beth Allen, Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) No.1 Amandeep Drall, Brittany Lincicome, Carly Booth and Paula Hurtado.

In the end, a gripping final between Allen and Hurtado saw Allen named the champion and collect a first prize of 2000 USD. Beth said: “It was really cool, something different and I think all the girls enjoyed it. It was nice to get a little bonus!”

​​​​Stars ready to tee off at the Hero Women’s Indian Open’16

Gurgaon, 9th November 2016: The signature Gary Player DLF Golf and Country Club is all set to host a star studded field including the likes of Emily Pedersen (Defending Champion),Brittany Lincicome (World No.40 + two major championships), Beth Allen (# 1 – LET OOM 2016 + Winner – Lacoste Ladies Open De France and Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open), Isabelle Boineau (#5 – LET OOM 2016 + Winner – Ladies Scottish Open) and Anne Van Dam(Winner – Xiamen International Open) from 11th to 13th November.

The US$ 400,000 event – co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) will see 114 top professionals from around the globe fighting for the top spot. Defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen, who won her first LET title at last year’s Hero Women’s Indian Open, looks eager for an encore. However, it won’t be easy for the Dane and she is expected to face tough competition from Beth Allen, who is in excellent form after winning the last tournament in Abu Dhabi. Talking at the press conference, Emily said, “It feels great to be back. I won my maiden title here last year, so I have lots of good memories here. There are few changes on the course, its playing really well. 17th green is definitely bigger, so I am really looking forward to the tournament.

Another strong contender for the title is Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall. She has had a good run at the Hero Women’s Indian Open, winning it in 2011 followed by runner-up finish in 2012. She will look to draw inspiration from her past experience and will be keen to claim her first LET title of the year.

The flagship event will also see LPGA star and world number 40, Brittany Lincicome in action for the first time in India. The professional from U.S.A. has two Major Championships to her credit and has been a regular at the Solheim Cup since 2007. Brittany, who is known for her long hitting, will be keen to set the tournament on fire and will look to claim the coveted title and add another feather to her cap.

Mr.Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said “It is heartening to see the Hero Women’s Indian Open in its landmark 10th edition. The participation of some of the best professionals from across the globe at this

event will go a long way towards further popularising the game of golf in the country.  This tournament is also an excellent platform for budding Indian players to showcase their talent against the best in the world. We look forward to a week of top class golf at the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2016.”

The Indian Challenge will be led by golfing sensation Aditi Ashok, Hero Order of Merit leader Amandeep Drall, and local professional Vani Kapoor. Aditi, playing as a rookie on the LET has had a dream run this year. She is currently placed third in the Rookie of the Year ranking after a series of top 10 finishes and will look to continue the good work. She also had a memorable outing at the Rio Olympics where she was also the youngest golfer in the fray. She said, “My form has been very good coming into the tournament. I have prepared well this time around. I have also had a few top 10 finishes and I feel that I have improved as a player since the beginning of the year. Hopefully, I will do well at my home event.”

Another player to look out for is Vani Kapoor. Vani finished tied fifth at the Hong Kong Ladies Open and is currently placed second in the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of INR 9, 49,150 and six victories. She will be playing on her home turf at the DLF Golf and Country Club and will lead the charge of a strong Indian contingent along with Amandeep Drall.

Mrs. Kavita Singh, President of the WGAI, said “It gives us immense pleasure to host the landmark 10th edition of the Hero Women’s Indian Open. The tournament has grown over the years and I would like to thank our title sponsors Hero MotoCorp Ltd for supporting us. I would also like to thank DLF Ltd., the Ministry of Tourism, Yes Bank Ltd. and all our other sponsors. The Hero Women’s Indian Open has played a key role for the development of golf in the country and it has helped Indian golfers by giving them an opportunity to compete against the best in the world. On behalf of the Women’s Golf Association of India, I would also like to thank the Ladies European Tour for their continued support and we hope to witness yet another memorable event.”

Amandeep clinches her fourth title in Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour

Gurgaon, 07th October 2016: Amandeep Drall carded 1 under 71 on the final day to win the 15th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at DLF Golf and Country Club here on Friday. Amandeep claimed her fourth title of the season with a huge margin of seven strokes. Gaurika Bishnoi finished second with a total score of 220. The INR 6,00,000 event culminated today.

Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall played yet another under par round to claim the title with a total score of 213 after 54 holes. She carded a bogey and birdie apiece on the 4th and 5th holes respectively, in her front nine. She dropped a shot on the 10th hole but regained her composure and carded birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to finish the round with a score of 1 under 71.

Rookie Gaurika Bishnoi had impressed in her first outing as a professional in the last event with a fourth place finish. She continued with the good work and secured her second place finish with a score of 2 under 70 on the final day. She started impressively, carding a birdie on the very first hole.She went on to card a birdie on the 4th hole, while dropping a shot on the 6th in her front nine. Her back nine followed a similar script, as she carded a bogey on the 14th hole and birdies on the 13th and 16th, finishing her day with a total score of 220.

Delhi’s Vani Kapoor and Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi finished tied third with identical scores of 222 after the final round. Vani had an indifferent start, playing a birdie less front nine. She started with a bogey on the very first hole and carded a double on the 6th. She controlled the damage in her back nine, carding birdies on the 11th and 17th holes, while dropping shots on the 15th and 16th to finish with a score of 3 over 75. Neha would have hoped for a better start as she carded a bogey on the 8th hole along with a double on the 5th and a triple on the 6th. She also carded two birdies on the 3rd and 9th holes in her front nine. She added two more birdies on the 10th and 11th holes while dropping shots on the 13th, 16th and 17th to finish with a score of 5 over 77.

Amateur Diksha Dagar carded 2 over 74 on the final day to take the fifth position. She played a bogey free front nine, carding a birdie on the 1st hole. However, she could not sustain the momentum and carded bogeys on the 12th, 13th and 14th holes along with a double on the 17th. Birdies on the 10th and 18th holes helped her to recover and finish with a total score of 230.

Pune’s Shweta Galande carded 2 over 74 to take the sixth position, carding birdies on the 7th, 14th and 16th holes, while dropping shots on the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 10th and 13th to finish with a total score of 233. She was followed by Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma at seventh position with a total score 234 after the final round.

This was a warm up event for the players before the Hero Women Indian Open 2016, to be played at the same venue from 11th to 13th November.

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Amandeep fires 4 under to grab lead at 15th Leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour

Gurgaon, 06th October 2016: Amandeep Drall carded an impressive round of 4 under 68 to take the sole lead on day two of the 15th Leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Thursday. Trailing her in second position is Neha Tripathi with a total score of 145 after 36 holes. The INR 6,00,000 event will culminate tomorrow.

Overnight joint leader Amandeep Drall had an indifferent start, carding a bogey on the very first hole. The professional from Panchkula, however, quickly regained her composure and fired three consecutive birdies on the 4th, 5th and 6th holes in her front nine. She got better as the day progressed and played a bogey free back nine, carding two more birdies on the 11th and 18th holes to finish with a total score of 142. In the process, she took a three stroke lead over Neha Tripathi going into the final round.

Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi carded the only other under par score of the round. Her card of 1 under 71 included a birdie and bogey apiece on the 6th and 8th holes respectively, in her front nine. She added three more birdies on the 14th, 15th and 17th holes, while dropping shots on the 13th and 18th in her back nine to finish with a total score of 145. Delhi’s Vani Kapoor carded 1 over 73 in the second round to take the third position. She carded birdies on the 5th and 8th holes while dropping a shot on the 3rd in her front nine. However, she struggled in the latter half, carding a bogey on the 18th along with a double on the 10th. She carded the lone birdie of her back nine on the 13th hole to finish with a total score of 147.

Rookie Gaurika Bishnoi would have hoped for a better start as she carded bogeys on the 1st and 7th holes and a double on the 9th, while her lone birdie came on the 4th. She played a birdie less back nine with a bogey on the 17th hole to finish the round in the fourth position with a score of 150. Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma is placed fifth with a total score of 151 after the penultimate round. She carded birdies on the 2nd, 12th and 18th holes, while dropping shots on the 4th, 9th and 10th. She also carded double bogeys on the 11th and 17th holes to finish the round with a score of 4 over 76.

Jaipur’s Afshan Fatima is placed sixth with a total score of 154, followed by amateur Diksha Dagar in seventh position at 156.

Vani,Neha,Amandeep and Gaurika in joint lead at 15th leg of golf tour

Gurgaon, 05th October 2016: Vani Kapoor, Neha Tripathi, Amandeep Drall and Gaurika Bishnoi carded identical scores of 2 over 74 to share the lead on the first day of the 15th Leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the DLF Golf and Country Club here on Wednesday. Trailing them by a single stroke in fifth position is Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma at 3 over 75. The INR 6,00,000 event will culminate on 07th October 2016.

Hero Order of Merit leader Vani Kapoor had an indifferent start to her round, carding bogeys on the 1st, 5th and 8th holes, with a lone birdie on the 9th in her front nine. She played with much more control in the latter half, carding two birdies on the 15th and 16th holes, while dropping shots on the 10th and 13th. Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi played an even par front nine with a bogey and a birdie apiece on the 6th and 9th holes respectively. She dropped two more shots in her back nine on the 11th and 17th holes.

Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall started impressively, carding birdies on the 2nd and 5th holes, while dropping the lone shot on the 4th in her front nine. However, on the return journey she failed to stitch together a series of consistent shots, playing a birdie less back nine with a bogey on the 11th hole and a double on the 13th. Local girl Gaurika Bishnoi had a good start to her day, carding a birdie on the 2nd hole. Thereafter, she lost  momentum and dropped shots on the 7th, 9th and 15th holes, and also carded a double on the 8th. However, two late birdies on the 16th and 17th holes helped her to repair the damage and finish among the leaders after the first round.

Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma played a round of 3 over 75 on the day to take the fifth position. Her round included two birdies on the 8th and 12th holes along with bogeys on the 3rd, 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th holes. Jaipur’s Afshan Fatima is placed 6th with a score of 4 over 76 after the first round. She carded a birdie on the 15th while dropping shots on the 6th, 10th and 12th along with a double on the 9th.

Pune’s Shweta Galande and Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana were tied 7th with identical scores of 5 over 77, followed by Kolkata’s Siddhi Kapoor and the Bengaluru duo of Nikki Ponappa and Trisha Sunil in the 9th position with identical scores of 7 over 79.

Emily Pedersen to defend her title at the Hero Women’s Indian Open ‘16

New Delhi, October 4, 2016: The Hero Women’s India Open 2016was announced today to tee off at the picturesque DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurgaon from 7th to 13th November 2016.

The US $400,000 event, now in its 10th year, will see the likes of Emily Kristine Pedersen (Defending Champion + LET Rookie of the year 2015), Gwladys Nocera (Winner – Hero Women’s Indian Open 2014 + 14 LET victories), Beth Allen (#2 – LET OOM 2016 + Winner – ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters 2015) and Isabelle Boineau (#4 – LET OOM 2016 + Winner – Ladies Scottish Open 2016).

The flagship event, co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Women’s Golf Association of India (WGAI) will also see LPGA star and world number 33, Brittany Lincicome in action for the first time in India. The professional from U.S.A. has two Majors Championships to her credit and has been a regular at the Solheim Cup since 2007. She will be keen to make an impact at the event and will seek to make her maiden trip to India a memorable one.

Commenting on Hero’s association with the Hero Women’s Indian Open for the seventh consecutive year, Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said “At Hero, we are committed to the cause of women’s golf in the country. The tournament offers an opportunity to talented young Indian golfers to test their skills against the best in the world. The Hero Women’s Indian Open has established itself as an important stop in the Ladies European Tour and the presence of top players speak of its growing stature in the world of Golf. We would also like to congratulate the Women’s

Golf Association of India for hosting the tournament for the past 10 years and look forward to another spectacular edition of the Hero Women’s Indian Open this year.”

The highly competitive and star-studded field will also include Indian Olympian Aditi Ashok, Vani Kapoor and Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet.  Aditi, playing as a rookie on the LET has had a dream year. She became the first Indian golfer to secure a top 10 finish on the tour, when she secured tied ninth position at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters and then bettered it with a sixth place finish at the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De Espana Femenino. She turned heads with her performance at the Rio Olympics where she was also the youngest golfer in the fray. She is currently placed third in the LET Rookie of the Year ranking and will be keen to move up the table with a strong performance at the tournament.

 

Another player who will be shouldering Indian hopes will be Vani Kapoor. She finished tied fifth at the Hong Kong Ladies Open and is currently leading the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of INR 9, 49,150 and six victories. She will be playing on her home turf at the DLF Golf and Country Club and will lead the charge of a strong Indian contingent along with Hero MotoCorp sponsored Sharmila Nicollet and Amandeep Drall.

Speaking on the ocassion, Mrs. Kavita Singh, President of the WGAI, said, “This year marks the landmark 10th edition of the Hero Women’s Indian Open and it has been an incredible journey to witness the development of this marquee event. It has carved a niche for itself in the world of golf and the presence of some of the top players bear testimony to this. I would like to thank our title sponsors, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. for their continued support to women’s professional golf in the country. On behalf of the Women’s Golf Association of India, I would also like to thank the Ladies European Tour for their support to the event.”

Defending champion Emily Pedersen claimed her maiden LET title here last year. She is currently placed ninth in the LET Order of Merit with total earnings of € 94,256.59 in 11 appearances. She will be eager for an encore at the only Gary Player designed golf course in India. However, it won’t be easy for the Dane as she will have to face a strong challenge from some of the best golfers from around the globe.

Ivan Khodabaksh, CEO of the Ladies European Tour, said “The Ladies European Tour is thrilled to be returning to DLF Golf and Country Club for the 10th anniversary edition of the Hero Women’s Indian Open. Over the last decade, the tournament has inspired a new generation of Indian golfers to walk alongside the giants of the professional women’s game and to follow their dreams to succeed at the highest level. This year, we were all extremely proud to see an Indian woman golfer, Aditi Ashok, qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and, alongside our strong partners, Hero MotoCorp Ltd. and the WGAI, we are determined to continue creating a strong legacy for women’s golf in India for years to come.”

The coveted tournament will be played at the DLF Golf and Country Club, India’s only Gary Player course located in Gurgaon.  The challenging signature ‘Black Knight’ course tested the best in the business last year with its dramatic land forms, rock quarries, large lakes and extensive landscaping. It is now all set to play host to another memorable Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Vani eager to return to winning ways in Women’s Professional Golf Tour

Gurgaon, 03rd October 2016After having lost by a whisker in the last leg at the Delhi Golf Club,Vani Kapoor will look to equalise the record of most wins in a season at the DLF Golf & Country Club in the 15th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2016.The INR 6,00,000 event featuring 15 professionals and lone amateur Diksha Dagar, will commence on 05th October 2016.
Delhi’s Vani Kapoor has been in incredible form, winning six titles in ten appearances. She will be keen to equalise the record of most wins in a season currently held by Smriti Mehra. She currently leads the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of INR 9,49,150 and will look to consolidate her position.
Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall will be hoping to put forth a strong display and move up the Hero Order of Merit. She is currently placed second in the money list with total earnings of INR 9,41,534, winning three titles in eleven appearances. Rookie Siddhi Kapoor won her maiden professional title in the last event and will be a force to reckon with. She  showed great composure and held her nerve to claim the title at DGC and will be keen for an encore.
Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi is currently placed third in the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of 9,25,383 and will be hoping to move up the ladder. She hasn’t been at her best in the last couple of events and will seek to make amends. Another strong contender for the title is Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal. She is currently placed fourth in the Hero Order of Merit with total earnings of 8,44,800. Having won her maiden professional title this season she would look to add another title to her tally.
Other players to look out for are Chandigarh’s Saaniya Sharma,the Delhi duo of Ankita Tiwana and Meher Atwal, and Pune’s Shweta Galande. Players will seek to get some match practice before the all important Hero Women’s Indian Open which will take place at the same venue next month.
DLF Golf and Country Club, the only Gary Player course in the country, is one of the most picturesque and challenging courses on the Tour and is all set to test some of the best women professionals in the country.